I stumbled upon the L’Oreal Paris Collection Privée lipstick range last weekend in Superdrug and I don’t know where I’ve been, but this is the first I’ve heard of it. There are so many new launches and sometimes they can whizz by without me noticing, this was one of those. It grabbed my attention in store though, so I picked up two to try out. 

There are definitely pros and cons with this range, but a huge pro is the idea itself. I find nude lipsticks quite hard to shop for in the drugstore as a collection usually offers multiple pinks and reds but only one nude shade to suit all. The idea of this collection is to offer a nude lipstick to suit every woman. Depending on your skin tone, hair colour and other factors, everyone will suit a different nude and L’Oreal have used iconic famous women to represent the nude shades. I think it’s a great idea and makes shopping for a nude lip so much easier. I picked up Cheryl and Julianne’s nude, although clearly I’m not Julianne’s colouring I just like pink nudes sometimes. 

The formula is quite sheer, which I don’t actually mind because it means you don’t need a mirror to apply them and they work more like a moisturising nude balm. I think for their price (£8.19) they could have been more pigmented but as I said, the sheerness doesn’t really bother me as I’m happy to reapply and nudes that are too pigmented can look a bit strange on me. Something I really disliked about these lipsticks is the scent of the product and I was heavily warned about this on Twitter. They smell like proper old school, grandma lipsticks and it’s such a strong scent that when I have it on I can’t really talk or breathe without feeling like I’m inhaling the plastic scent. At first I thought it wasn’t that bad and that I could overlook it, but after a few attempts I find it so bad I’m not even sure I can wear them…. It’s a massive shame. 

I love the two shades I picked. Cheryl’s nude is the perfect brunette nude and Julianne’s is a pretty pink toned nude which works well as an everyday lipstick. I’m truly gutted about the awful scent as I would have loved wearing these nudes, but I think if you’re not as sensitive to smells as I am, you’ll love these! 

Who’s nude suited you from this range? Did you mind the scent? 

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64 Responses

  1. Mira says:

    These nude shades look lovely. Too bad they have a plastic scent!! I will check them out anyway :)

    xx Mira


  2. Carina says:

    I love L’Oreals lipsticks! It looks amazing on you, I’ll have to give them a try :)

    Carina | CARSTINA

  3. it looks pretty much the same. but i like the cooler tone better :>

  4. I have the same shades as you Lily and I’m never quite sure. I wish there was a little more pigment, especially Cheryl’s. I think Julianne’s will become a word day staple over the summer. Do you know if they’re a permanent feature or special edition?


  5. I like the more pinkish nude colour. I think it would suit my skintone better than cheryls one.


  6. Zazie Bibi says:

    ooh the minute you mentioned the scent it put me off haha! x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Fashion Blog

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  8. Jessie says:

    I haven’t seen or heard of this collection either but it looks really pretty. I love nude shades as well so I will be on the look-out for them

  9. Lottie Kerr says:

    Cheryl’s nude looks lovely on your skin tone, it’s a real shame about the scent though!

    Lottie x


  10. mafi says:

    The scent is awful and I also mind the taste – that is as plasticky as the scent. It is a shame as I like their lipsticks.

  11. I picked up some in a duty free before holiday, I don’t think they were exactly the same but the same horrible smell. Interestingly I’ll associate Spain with the same old grandma scent now… I couldn’t quite get past it when I got it back to the UK!
    Aimee x

  12. I’ve heard that about the scent of them too. I haven’t tried them for that reason although the colours look lovely which is a real shame :( x

    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  13. I love the Julianne Nude – it has just enough color for me and it’s lovely to wear :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  14. Chess Lam says:

    You look really good in nude lipsticks! I can’t wait to pick them up and try them on myself!

    Please check out my blog, http://obsessivebeautymonster.blogspot.hk/

    Chess x

  15. Ooh these sound really interesting! I’m really hesitant though because of what you said about the scent…usually these things don’t bother me too much but if it’s really that strong I wonder if it would start to.
    Stephanie | Love, August

  16. I was going to buy Julianne’s nude but like you the smell was overwhelming, it was like the lipstick you got in beauty kits when you were about 7 or something but it was a fab colour. Since my lips are quite dark already, I liked the sheer quality of the colour because it meant I felt like I had made an effort without looking too done up.

  17. Emma Payne says:

    I haven’t tried any of these but it sounds like such a good idea.


  18. I was ready to get down to my local Superdrug and buy these until I got to the scent part.. I know exactly the smell you mean (I inherited so much of my nan’s make up and the strange lipstick smell will stay with me forever..)
    I also prefer sheer nudes – paler pinks look a bit synthetic and opaque nudes make me look ill or they’re too brown… You should continue definitely continue the search for a nicer smelling nude!

  19. Sybil Mae says:

    I have yet to see these in person, but i’m quite excited to give the lighter shades a go :) Shame about the unpleasant smell!


  20. Gemma Oliver says:

    These are so pretty! I have the Doutzen shade and love it. The scent doesn’t bother me at all, in fact, I didn’t even notice it until reading this post. I’d definitely recommend people go and give them a little dry in Boots/Superdrug and give them a sniff too before completely writing them off.

    Gem x

  21. that’s such a shame about the scent being that overpowering. i’m not very sensitive to scents but the way you described it does sound like it’s a bit much. i find nudes really had to buy because i just prefer reds and bright colours most of the time, and because i’m scared of looking like a corpse! but maybe with a whole line of nudes there’ll be something in there for me.

    little henry lee

  22. Carly Jade says:

    I’ve heard about these quite a bit, but these are the first swatches I’ve seen. They both look lovely! I might have to investigate the smell though…


  23. Kerry Hewitt says:

    The packaging looks lovely! Not sure about the scent though! x


  24. What a gorgeous shade of lipstick

  25. Is it bad I love the old fashioned lipstick smell?

    These look like lovely shades and brilliant for someone who doesn’t wear lipstick very often.

    Sarah x


  26. I would love to try cheryls

  27. Stephanie says:

    These sounded perfect until you mentioned the smell!


  28. Raizel Greco says:

    Pretty nude shades!

    Ray | Obey Ray

  29. Glazed Over says:

    I am hoping to stumble upon these in the States!! I have only seen the nail colors.

    xo Glazed Over

  30. Sophie Ollis says:

    These look great, and super understated. I love the Revlon lipstick formulas, but I’ll have to give these a try.

    Check out my most recent post of drugstore / hughstreet makeup essentials: http://www.sophschoices.co.uk

    Sophie x

  31. I looove these. I actually love the scent, I agree it smells of granny lipstick but with a fruity undertone thing, my friends dont like the the scent either, think I am the only one haha x

  32. Hannah Marie says:

    The shades themselves look gorgeous! Shame about the scent though, I hate strong smelling lipsticks that don’t smell good. It can really put you off a product!


  33. Maddy says:

    Pretty colours, it’s a shame about the scents though! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  34. Sian Marie says:

    Worst scent ever that is. And is a little off putting for buying this product. I hope they go back and change this!



  35. Maria K. says:

    I think that Julianne nude will suit my fair complexion quite well. Thanks for the honest review!


  36. Chantal says:

    I have the Eva Longoria lipstick which is like a salmon pinky nude colour and I love it!! The smell doesn’t bother me that much but I’m not that bothered about the scent of something, if I don’t like it I just try to ignore it xx

  37. Mehreen S says:

    The packaging of these make me want to try them! xx


  38. Faith Warde says:

    Love these lipsticks the Cheryl one is my fave. I actually quite like the smell ha! x


  39. Jessica Hart says:

    These are such beautiful colors. I haven’t seen them in the US, Are we getting them as well?
    the way to my Hart

  40. I remember when this first came about!! I absolutely adored it and I’ve spent ages checking out the shade range but I’ve had to tear myself away – I literally want all of them…

    Vickie xx | VickieBlogs

  41. Cloud Esmé says:

    The Cheryl Nude looks gorgeous! Adding that to my wishlist…

    Esmé :)

  42. Nicole Allen says:

    Where either of the shades you picked shimmery? I swatched a few of them and they seemed to shimmery for my liking. Xx

  43. Anthea Lau says:

    love that this shade of lipstick is very sweet and versatile!
    Check out my latest post featuring some really interesting products! :)
    AL xx
    RASSP blog

  44. Emily Allen says:

    I am intrigued by the range of of nude shades in this collection, I will have to give them a sniff though cause a strong horrible scent first thing in the morning is a definite deal breaker for me 😉


  45. Fisi ♥ says:

    I really don’t mind the scent and I love this range so much! Eva’s shade looks gorgeous, too :) x

  46. Nita says:

    When I heard about this, I wanted to try it out so badly, but I’ll have to pass because L’Oreal products aggravates my eczema..


  47. Amber Martin says:

    Need to try these myself! They look lovely x x x

  48. Angie Wilson says:

    gorgeous shades! thanks for sharing!

    Angie | http://www.thefashionfuse.com/

  49. Celina says:

    These are both such gorgeous shades on you. I’ll have to keep my eyes out for them.
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  50. Noon says:

    In the US we got nail colors but not lipsticks, I hope do we do soon! I’m incredibly jealous rn.

  51. These look really nice, but I don’t think I’ll be trying them because of the smell. It’s too bad, because the colors look gorgeous!


  52. Nola Ojomu says:

    I really want to try out this range but they never stock the darker shades in stores. I would just order it online but it seems unfair that I don’t get to have a proper look before i buy :(


  53. Catherine says:

    I picked up Julianne’s as I’m just as pale as her, but it really doesn’t suit me at all! Bit too pinky for my skintone.

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor Vintage

  54. I’ve had the Julianne’s nude for ages and wear it almost daily to work. I love the smell, which to me is old fashioned and smells creamy and nostalgic, and I don’t find that it lingers. I guess it’s quite a personal thing…!

  55. Is this collection online availble in the uk?

  56. Zoe Archer says:

    To be honest, the scent of products doesnt faze me so I will try and keep my eyes out for these.


  57. I have Eva’s Longoria lipstick and I love it!

  58. Cheryl is my nude and I love it, it’s perfect, and yeah I strangely like the scent, it reminds me of the Chanel nail polish remover :) xxx

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